Illinois utilities - ComEd, Nicor Gas, Peoples Gas, and North Shore Gas - have joined forces with dozens of natural gas and electric utility companies across the United States and Canada, including other Exelon utilities Atlantic City Electric, BGE, Delmarva, PECO, and Pepco, to help protect customers from wide-spread scams targeting customers of utility service providers. The cohort, known as Utilities United Against Scams collaboration, have designated November 16th as "Utilities United Against Scams Day." This day will be supported by a week-long campaign with content focused on exposing the tricks scammers use to steal money from customers, and how customers can protect themselves. The collaborative encourages the public to share these messages to help guard against scam activity. "ComEd is committed to helping our customers avoid becoming victims to these fraudulent scams and we're glad be a part of this important national awareness campaign," said Fidel Marquez, senior vice president of Governmental and External Affairs, ComEd. "Over the past year we have seen a tremendous increase in phone impersonations where scam artists call customers claiming to a utility representative. By joining with other utilities in Illinois and across the country, we are raising greater awareness among our customers and hopefully putting an end to these scams once and for all." "Safety is our number-one value, and this important awareness effort exemplifies our commitment to safety," said Jim Griffin, vice president of Operations, Nicor Gas. "Raising awareness and informing customers of these dangerous scammers is critical in putting a stop to their predatory and fraudulent tactics." "Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas care about the safety of our customers," said Michelle Rindt, vice president - customer service, Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas. "Raising awareness of possible scams and educating our customers are a few ways we aim to protect them and their personal information from scammers." When being scammed, a customer typically receives an unsolicited phone call from an individual who falsely claims to be a utility representative. The scammer warns that the customer's service will be disconnected if the customer fails to make a payment - usually within a short timeframe.